BWI back to normal on Friday Updated 6:52 p.m.:
Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport expects to resume normal operations Friday, according to a spokesperson.
The first commercial flight after the two-day winter storm arrived at BWI Thursday morning at 9:02 a.m. Throughout the day, airlines ramped up their schedules and by evening, Southwest, the airport's leading carrier, was operating its usual number of flights.
Passengers who have been affected by flight cancellations and want to rebook their travel are encouraged to contact the airlines by phone or use their Web sites rather than going to the airport to make reservations.
Subways' aboveground service may not reopen for a while Updated 6:38 p.m.:
Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley said she expected it to take some days before above-ground service on the Baltimore and Washington subways can be restored.
According to Swaim-Staley, both systems are having difficulty shoveling out the tracks. The loss of the Metro line from Mondawmin Mall to Owings Mills is a bearable blow for Baltimore, and Swaim-Staley said the Maryland Transit Administration willl offer shuttle bus service for Metro riders.
The loss of Metro aboveground service would be a tougher blow for Washington, which depends heavily on its extensive subway system to move government workers from Maryland and Virginia to the city.
Baltimore City will resume trash pick-up Tuesday Updated 5:30 p.m.
Trash and recycling resumes Tuesday, The Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste announced. Residents are instructed to put their cans/bins at the end of the nearest street or alley or at an accessible central location in their neighborhood for pick-up.
Community association presidents may call 311 with agreed-upon central locations where their neighborhoods are going to place their regularly scheduled trash or recycling for pick-up. Citizen Drop-Off Centers will reopen on Friday, the department added.
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Our Daily Bread needs volunteers, donations Updated 4:12 p.m.
Folks, as Councilman James Kraft said yesterday, this snow is frustrating, but count your blessings if you have heat and electricity.
If you're snowed out of work or your other regularly scheduled activities, please consider helping some folks who are not as fortunate, like the hundreds of people who rely on meals from Catholic Charities' Our Daily Bread.
Many volunteers who normally serve food cannot make it in for their shifts and would appreciate being relieved if you are feeling a little stir-crazy:
Due to the snow storm, Catholic Charities' Our Daily Bread is in urgent need of volunteers to serve the meal 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Friday, Feb. 12 through Monday, Feb. 15. Our daily hot meal program also needs specific food items such as frozen lasagna, frozen macaroni & cheese, sugar, bread, milk and instant mashed potatoes.
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Mayor asks for residents' patience Updated 2:41 p.m.
Baltimore leaders asked for city residents' patience dealing with the after-effects of an additional blanket of snow on top of the weekend's accumulations.
"Baltimore has never seen anything like this before," said Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake.
She described it as a "difficult and inconvenient time for our citizens."
"But let me be clear: This city was safe during this historic emergency," Rawlings-Blake said.
Police and firefighters responded to more than 1,200 police calls, 376 medical emergency calls and two house fires, Rawlings-Blake said.
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Transit, port recovering from snowstorm Updated 1:50 p.m.
Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley said Maryland Transit Administration bus routes are coming back into service after operations were suspended at the height of Wednesday's blizzard.
Swaim-Staley said light rail had resumed service from Hunt Valley to BWI Marshall Airport and Glen Burnie but was not making all stops because of the condition of stations. The subway systems in Baltimore and Washington were serving underground stations only but officials hope to restore above-ground service Friday.
The Mobility van and cab service for the disabled was giving priority to medical calls, especially from kidney dialysis patients, Swaim-Staley said.
The transportation chief said the port of Baltimore is closed as crews concentrate of clearing out the terminals. She said some ships are expected to arrive this evening.
More parking options for city residents Updated 1:32 p.m.
Baltimore is still under Phase II of its snow emergency plan, which means that cars will be towed off designated snow emergency routes.
Yes, they will be towed even though technically under the same Phase II rules you're not supposed to drive without all-weather radials or snow chains.